St. Lawrence, Newfoundland and Labrador

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St. Lawrence
Nickname(s): Soccer Capital of Canada
St. Lawrence is located in Newfoundland
St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence
Location of St. Lawrence in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 46°55′28″N 55°23′34″W / 46.92444°N 55.39278°W / 46.92444; -55.39278Coordinates: 46°55′28″N 55°23′34″W / 46.92444°N 55.39278°W / 46.92444; -55.39278
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Government
 • Mayor Paul Pike
 • MLA Dr. Darren King
 • MP Judy Foote
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,244
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709

St. Lawrence is a Canadian town located on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador. As of 2011, the population of St. Lawrence was 1,244. Popular family names in the town include Slaney, Pike, Lake, Drake and Edwards.

History[edit]

St. Lawrence's economy was primarily based on fishing until the recent collapse of North American cod stock. In 1992, the Canadian federal government implemented a moratorium on cod fishing,[1] bringing an end to the longstanding industry.

A Fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence was also once a major employer in the community until 1978, when the mine was closed by Alcan. In 2011 Canada Fluorspar Inc. outlined preparations to open a fluorspar mine on the site of the old mine. As of early 2012 construction had begun on a deep water wharf at Blue Beach.

A wind project has recently been initiated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for St. Lawrence. The project has resulted in the installation of nine Vestas V90-3MW wind turbines.

U.S.S Pollux and U.S.S Truxtun[edit]

Echoes of Valour Memorial

On February 18, 1942, more than 200 American sailors died when the USS Truxton ran aground near Chambers Cove and the USS Pollux[2] ran aground at Lawn Point.

In 1992, a memorial entitled 'Echoes of Valour' was erected in dedication of the mining industry in St. Lawrence, the sailors who died in the USS Truxtun & USS Pollux disaster, and those who lost their lives in the World Wars.[3]

Sport[edit]

St. Lawrence has been referred to as the 'Soccer Capital of Canada and home to the wild Brud '.[4] St. Lawrence Centennial Soccer Field has been listed on the Historic Places in Canada since 2005.[5]

The town has nine organized soccer teams. The St. Lawrence Laurentians soccer club is the most recognized.

St. Lawrence is also home to world famous soccer player Jaymar Jr. he is by far the worst soccer player in the world.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for St. Lawrence
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.7
(51.3)
11.9
(53.4)
11
(52)
16.4
(61.5)
23.8
(74.8)
26.1
(79)
27.2
(81)
27.2
(81)
23.3
(73.9)
20.6
(69.1)
16
(61)
12.7
(54.9)
27.2
(81)
Average high °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
−0.9
(30.4)
1.2
(34.2)
4.7
(40.5)
8.9
(48)
12.4
(54.3)
16.2
(61.2)
17.7
(63.9)
15.4
(59.7)
10.9
(51.6)
6.6
(43.9)
2.2
(36)
7.9
(46.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.7
(25.3)
−4.4
(24.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
1.5
(34.7)
5.3
(41.5)
8.9
(48)
12.9
(55.2)
14.4
(57.9)
11.7
(53.1)
7.2
(45)
3.4
(38.1)
−1.1
(30)
4.5
(40.1)
Average low °C (°F) −7.3
(18.9)
−8
(18)
−5.5
(22.1)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.6
(34.9)
5.3
(41.5)
9.6
(49.3)
11
(52)
7.9
(46.2)
3.6
(38.5)
0.2
(32.4)
−4.6
(23.7)
1
(34)
Record low °C (°F) −20.6
(−5.1)
−25
(−13)
−21.6
(−6.9)
−11.6
(11.1)
−8.9
(16)
−2.2
(28)
3.8
(38.8)
3.2
(37.8)
−1.7
(28.9)
−5.8
(21.6)
−12.2
(10)
−19.4
(−2.9)
−25
(−13)
Precipitation mm (inches) 131.4
(5.173)
126.6
(4.984)
122.3
(4.815)
119.1
(4.689)
114.8
(4.52)
138.2
(5.441)
106.6
(4.197)
126.5
(4.98)
143.1
(5.634)
145.5
(5.728)
142.1
(5.594)
130.5
(5.138)
1,546.7
(60.894)
Source: 1961-1990 Environment Canada [6]

Reactivation of Fluorspar Mine[edit]

Canada Fluorspar Inc. proposes to reactivate existing underground fluorspar mines, expand an existing mill, construct a new environmentally sound Tailings Management Facility (TMF) and build a new deep-water marine terminal in the outer St. Lawrence Harbour for the export of fluorspar concentrate product. The project is anticipated to produce between 120,000 and 180,000 tonnes of fluorspar acidspar concentrate per year.

The Project will include:

  • Underground mine development of the previously mined Tarefare and Blue Beach North veins;
  • Upgrades to an existing mill;
  • Design and construction of an environmentally sound Tailings Management Facility (TMF);
  • Design and construction of a new marine terminal.

The company has said the construction phase could employ up to 350 people over the next two years. Once in production, likely by late 2013 or early 2014, some 150 full-time jobs will be created.

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